So you are ready to begin your interior design project. You notice there are multiple small projects you need to take on one-by-one. Where do you begin? You start with assembling the proper tools to get the job done.

Tools are an interior designer’s secret weapons. They will help you handle every interior design project, from hanging a photograph to measuring a carpet! No matter how difficult your project, these tools will make the job much easier. Your Master Toolbox will live at home and be accessible in your garage, closet, basement, or attic. Within the Master Toolbox, you’ll find every tool you need to properly complete any interior design project. At some point or another, you will need one of every item listed below. Trust us, we know! Below, you’ll find the complete list of tools you should have at home, hand-selected by Lisa Holt. She’s done the hard work for you, so no need to hunt for tools yourself!

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Items In The Must Have Toolbox

TOOLS

Fastpro Pink Tool Set

It's the all-in-one tool bag to make it suuuper easy!!

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MulWark 17pcs Folding Allen Wrench Set

These babies always come in handy!!

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Workpro 12-in-1 Ratcheting Multi-Bit Screwdriver Set

Gotta have ‘em!

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Workpro Cordless Drill Driver Set

Another must if you need to hang virtually anything that weighs more than 1 pound… Without destroying your wrists in the process!

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Warner 4" ProGrip Stiff Broad Knife

An essential part of the “putty is your buddy” kit.

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The Original Pink Box PB4PL 4-Piece Plier Set

When you need to yank something, for sure!

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IGAN-P6 Wire Flush Cutters, 6-inch Ultra Sharp and Precision Side Cutter Clippers

Saves your scissors for another day!

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Stalwart - 75-HT2007 Household Hand Tools, Pink Tool Set - 9 Piece

With this little guy you can stop using your stacked wood heels to get that last poster hung!

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Irwin Vise-Grip Original Locking Pliers with Wire Cutter, Curved Jaw, 10-Inch

Can save your hands, and super useful for opening cans of paint!

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Red Devil 4206 2" Flex Putty Knife, 2"

The go to tool for applying spackle… Saves you from having crusty fingers later.

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Louisville 6' Fiberglass Step Ladder

This is really useful if you are a DIYer, or have taller ceilings, and don't want to rent a ladder.

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HBTower 3 Step Ladder

So useful I keep mine in my office closet…

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WORKPRO Folding Utility Knife

I literally have one in every room of the house, they’re so useful! Boxes, packaging, you name it, you’ll pull this out at least once a day!

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RALENO LED Video Soft Light Panel with LCD Display

I use these for filming, but they are SO key for paint projects, garage projects, and more!

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Olafus Work Light 50W, 5000LM

Let there be LIGHT!

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IRWIN VISE-GRIP C Clamp, Locking, 2-Piece

When you need to yank something, for sure!

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TOOLS LITE

BambooMN Titanium Softgrip Scissors Set

Snip off a price tag, trim a fabric sample, fairly self-explanatory. Just don’t run with them…

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Craftsman Torpedo Level, 9-Inch

Literally, this tool is the only way you will ever know if your gallery wall is hung straight!

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Stanley FATMAX Tape Measure, 30-Foot

Get a serious one, or you’ll rue the day!

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TCP Global Metal Paint Can Opener

Works better than a screwdriver IMHO!

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Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife, Pink

I carry one of these wherever I go… Super useful, makes me feel like wonder woman!

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Drywall Patch Repair Kit

No one likes to see holes in the walls, so be prepared!

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POWERTEC 71227 Anodized Aluminum Straight Edge Ruler

Super useful for getting straight lines, cutting materials, or even measuring across an opening.

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3 PCS Sanding Sponge Block

Super handy for patching holes in walls, and every DIYer knows how valuable a basic sanding sponge can be!

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Stud Finder Wall Scanner 5 in 1 Upgraded Electronic Wall Scanner

Super useful if you live anywhere built after 1900… And want to hang some artwork!

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GearLight High Lumens LED Flashlight S2500

This tool is non-negotiable, always need a bright light during construction or later in the day…

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BOSCH 65' Laser Distance Measure

The superman of measuring tapes, this bad boy will give you distances to the peak of your ceilings, goes all the way to 65’, I use mine literally every day.

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GEAR

All-Purpose Tool Belt

Can't go without a tool belt guys! Save the trip back and forth to your tool box!

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FamBrow Dust Mask with Filters

Super useful on any construction site, especially painting.

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Handylandy Utility Work Gloves

Helps out with keeping the manicure budget in check!

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Dewalt DPG82-11C Concealer Clear Anti-Fog Dual Mold Safety Goggle

I never, ever, Mess around with my vision… Even if I do look goofy in these!

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Thick Kneeling Pad

All you gardeners already have this, but trust me, kneeling on rough concrete does not do your kneecaps any favors!

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Hard Hat with Slide Lock

This seems self-explanatory but you never want to knock your noggin!

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SUPPLIES

Scotch Delicate Surface Painter's Tape, .94 inches x 60 yards

This stuff is my favorite!! Pay attention to delicate vs normal painters tape!

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Disposable Plastic Gloves

Super handy if you are handling odd substances like varnish or paint…

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Emergency Light Sticks

Also known as museum putty, this in valuable material helps you lock your Decour in place either on walls or shelves… A must for every Californian for sure!

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Scotch Vinyl Electrical Tape, 3/4-in by 66-ft

For all those DIYer‘s that are installing additional light fixtures!

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Krazy Glue

Great in small doses!

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Kinglake 328 Feet Natural Jute Twine

Sometimes you just need a piece of string…

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Gorilla 102433 XL Super Glue Gel, Clear

Kraft glue on steroids!

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Scotch Heavy Duty Packaging Tape 1.88" x 22.2 yd

Soooo useful for closing boxes, and returning those shoes that were too small!

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Picture Hanging Kit

It’s like string….always need some in different sizes!

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Nicpro Mechanical Pencils Set

Always have this for sketching and roughing out an idea!

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Sharpie Permanent Markers Variety Pack

Super useful for writing on blue tape, punchlists, etc.

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Kedudes Non-Toxic White and Colored Dustless Chalk Bundle

Another super useful marking tool on any construction site.

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Goof Off - Household Heavy Duty Remover for Spots, Stains, Marks, and Messes

Super useful for getting all those weird substances off your finished countertops!

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Disposable Gloves Latex-Free Clear Vinyl Gloves

Use these when you're using the goof off…

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SupremePlus Premium White Knit Cotton T-Shirt Cloth Wiping Rags (1 Pound Bag)

Kinda self-explanatory…!

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IRWIN Carpenter Pencil, Medium Lead

A MUST if you’re doing any construction, as you can’t mark on drywall, etc with anything else, or your GC will have a cow! Also adds some street cred to the hammer swinging set!

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ScotchBlue Original Painter's Tape, 1.88" Width, Blue, 3 Pack

When I die, my mommy will be wrapped up in this stuff… Use it for literally everything, marking jobsite info, labels, communicating with a team, ceiling and edge detail, the list is endless I should wear a roll in my bracelet stack it’s so indispensable!

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Kraft Brown Wrapping Paper Roll 48" x 1,800" (150 ft)

The BEST solution for keeping your project clean and drops off the floor!

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Mr. Pen Graph Paper, Grid Paper, 4x4

My go-to hand measurement sketch pad!

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ScotchBlue Original Multi-Surface Painter's Tape, .70 inches x 60 yards

Get em' in all different sizes for all different projects!

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Cambridge ZipIts Heavy Duty Cable Ties 100 Pack

Zip ties will save you!! Never underestimate their value!

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Carpet Protection Film 24" x 200' roll

Super helpful for paint jobs and installations, no worries about light colored carpet this way.

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Plastic Drywall Wall Anchors Screw Assortment Kit 300 Pieces

Has so many pieces we use come from different global resources, they all use different size hex head screws to put things together. This set in particular ensures you’ll never lose that exact size you need…

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KURUI Hardware Nails and Wood Screws Assorted Kit

A great brand of nails and screws I use all the time!

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Wine Away Spray

For those moments where the glass just slips!

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Advil Pain Reliever and Fever Reducer

We all know the aches and pains happen, so be prepared!

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